Sethi re­jects re­port of 'ICC le­gal ac­tion' on Pak T20 stance

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Cricket board's ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee chair­man Na­jam Sethi on Mon­day rub­bished a re­port pub­lished by Daily Mail's In­dia edi­tion claim­ing that the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil (ICC) has threat­ened Pak­istan with "le­gal ac­tion" if the coun­try did not par­tic­i­pate in the World T20 cit­ing "se­cu­rity con­cerns".

"The ICC has asked us about the sta­tus of our par­tic­i­pa­tion in the World T20. We have told them that the Pak­istan Cricket Board (PCB) has writ­ten to the Govern­ment of Pak­istan seek­ing ap­proval to travel to In­dia and is await­ing their re­sponse in this re­gard," said Sethi while talk­ing to me­dia. "There is noth­ing more to that. Nei­ther have the ICC asked us more on the sub­ject, nor have we con­tacted them for any­thing," he added. The re­port pub­lished by Daily Mail on Fe­bru­ary 15, 2016, stated: "The PCB's con­cerns about se­cu­rity ar­range­ments at the World T20, to be hosted in In­dia this March, are base­less. [The ICC] is sat­is­fied with the se­cu­rity ar­range­ments made by the Board of Con­trol for Cricket in In­dia (BCCI)." The re­port also quoted a ' se­nior ICC of­fi­cial' as say­ing that "if so many Pak­istani ath­letes can travel to In­dia and par­tic­i­pate in the South Asian Games meet, there is no rea­son why 20 peo­ple can't be al­lowed to rep­re­sent the coun­try at the mega ICC event". Ear­lier on Fe­bru­ary 9, PCB supremo Sha­har­yar Khan said a pro­posal was given to the ICC to play their World T20 matches on neu­tral venues in case the Pak­istan govern­ment does not al­low the team to tour In­dia.

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